In this all-encompassing work, one of the most famous science fiction as well as nonfiction writers of our time explores the subject of light and shows how it has shaped every aspect of our existence.
From the creation of life to the exploration of the heavens and the stars, from the origins of the earth to the possibility of life on distant planets, Ben Bova unveils the beauty and science behind the phenomenon of light. Dr. Bova masterfully explains how light affects us every day of our lives, from our religions to our sex drives, as well as how we use light in art, science, industry, entertainment, cosmetics, jewelry, and much more.
Why do people kiss with their eyes closed?
What exactly is quantum physics?
Why is it difficult to swat a mosquito?
How do lasers work?
What do we "see" when we dream?
Praise for The Story of Light:
"The enlightenment of discoveries and the brilliance of Ben Bova combine to enable our minds to glimpse the majesty of the infinite worlds of light in the universe."
"Superbly written — a banquet of topics served by a master literary chef!"
—Bill Pogue, astronaut
_"The Story of Light is a lighthearted, enlightened romp through many facets of human experience, reflected and refracted through Bova's bright, polychromatic mind."
—David Grinspoon, Principle Scientist, Southwest Research Institute and author of Venus Revealed